GIFT/DRAFT’s first 2017 performance, January 28

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Jonathan Sielaff
Jonathan Sielaff solo performance

Norm Chambers
Norm Chambers, shot by Dave @looserailing

Our first show of 2017 felt like a real success, with the help of friends, lovely music and a supportive audience.  It’s an especially important time for live music, for building community and for experiencing the creative expression of artists.

The evening opened up with a beautiful set by Norm Chambers on synthesizers, beginning with an intriguing introduction of mangled frequencies, followed up by one of his more signature melodic sets, offset by an LPG’d motorik beat powered by his euro-modular.

Jonathan Sielaff

Jonathan Sielaff presented a powerful, dynamic set of processed bass clarinet and loops paired with a video sequence of structures among natural landscapes.  His piece drew attention to the acoustics of space and varied in intensity throughout.  Light floating melodies pierced by atonal moments of ripping, sub-augmented whines filled the space.  My personal favorite moments were the forceful, flattening gestures that sounded like the removal a throat from a live guerrilla – intense!

Million Mists

Million Mists, Jamie Potter’s solo project, performance was a cold and cryptic set of feedback loops and synthesis accompanying a new video experiment.  Potter’s adeptness as an improviser guided him into new and unusual territories of cycling sub bass tones and discrete hums on a self-oscillating analog drum head, a 70s wind/wave machine and delayed arpeggiations on a Pro-One, despite a brief technical issue of a dying piece of gear audibly hissing its way out of commission.  The sounds were reminiscent of Potter’s early work with drone and noise in Bonus circa 2004.  I inquired about the video after the show and he explained that he used a modified image of his own head (that we used for our press image) and 3D printed it, placed it on a turntable to rotate the head while projecting video feedback loops onto it, shooting it and then applying some post-processing.  Video sample below:

This show wouldn’t have gone so well without the help of two great friends: James Watkins running video and lights, and Robert (RM) Francis managing the door. The Wayward Music Series (Steve Peters) generously offers a beautiful space to host performances, but the PA setup, running sound, working the door and managing the artists can be challenging without the help of a good team.  Special thanks to those two for making this first performance a huge success!

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents: Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Gift Tapes logo Gift Tapes / DRAFTpresents:
Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists, Norm Chambers

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chapel Performance Space
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle (50th & Sunnyside in Wallingford)
8pm, $5-15 sliding scale

Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents a night of experimental electronic music featuring Jonathan Sielaff, Million Mists & Norm Chambers – for the first installment of its 2017 program at the Chapel Performance Space, in association with the Wayward Music Series.

Jonathan Sielaff resides in Portland, OR and plays the bass clarinet. Because he likes to play with drummers and electronic instruments, he often amplifies the bass clarinet and processes it with guitar pedals (he is also, conveniently, a guitarist). He cut his musical teeth in rock bands, new music ensembles and various schools of improvisation but most enjoys exploring the territory that exists between genres. His primary musical project is the duo Golden Retriever, with Matt Carlson on synth. They have a bunch of tapes and CDs out there as well as albums with Root Strata and Thrill Jockey.

Million Mists is the musical project of Portland resident Jamie Potter. Utilizing a variety of consumer-level electronic instruments and outdated recording techniques he has crafted a unique approach to experimental synthesizer music, referencing equally the subliminal atmospheres of new age and the rugged immediacy of 90’s hip hop production. Drawing inspiration from his visual and video art practice, he seeks primarily to create immersive, idiosyncratic sound worlds. In this performance Potter will create a live soundtrack to one of his video works. His musical efforts began with minimal Seattle drone group Bonus as well as involvement in free improvisation circles. He currently performs with Brother Raven and records solo work under the names Million Mists and Father Sound. His work can be found on Digitalis, Taped Sounds, Aguirre Records, Root Strata, JYRK and Gift Tapes.

Norm Chambers is a Seattle-based composer and synthesist. He has been active making music since the 1990s, however has gained more traction with his Panabrite project since 2010. Emerging from a love of early electronics, concrete/tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Chambers attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation. Chambers utilizes an array of synthesizer equipment to achieve his sounds, in addition to field recordings and occasional acoustic elements. He has released numerous LPs, cassettes and CDs on such labels as Immune Recordings, Preservation (Australia), Aguirre (Belgium), Digitalis, VCO, Constellation Tatsu, Gift Tapes and many more. Chambers has recently retired the Panabrite moniker, yet continues to pursue new avenues of sound.

UPCOMING:

March 18 2017 – Matt Carlson, Jeff Witscher, Jason E Anderson at the Chapel Performance Space (Seattle)